Community Leaders At Amma’s Doorstep

June 17, 2008

This video captures some of what went on outside of the Hilton LAX on Monday when Amma “The Hugging Saint of India” decided to go ahead and hold her event at the boycotted hotel.

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Community Rallies To Meet Amma At Hilton LAX

June 16, 2008

Community members rallied outside of the Hilton LAX on Monday to ask Amma to not hold her event at the boycotted Hilton LAX. Members of the Coalition For A New Century held a press conference outside of the hotel where they told the press that they wanted Amma to sign a pledge in support of the workers at that hotel.

Reporters from La Opinion, ABC, Univision, and Azteca America attended the press conference and interviewed community members and workers who were at the event. The community is holding a 30-hour action in solidarity of hotel workers at the Hilton LAX. They will be outside of the hotel until tomorrow at 4 p.m.


Our Pleas Fell On Deaf Ears

June 13, 2008

Segunda at rally
PHOTO CAPTION: Segunda Brentner, a housekeeper at Hilton LAX, at last year’s press conference on Amma’s visit to the boycotted hotel.

There were many efforts made to get Amma to change the venue location for her hugging event this year in Los Angeles. The Hilton LAX is not the only hotel that could serve Amma’s purposes. Near by there are hotels that are quite big and where workers are respected and get paid a living wage.

We reached out to Amma’s event attendees and explained in detail why she should take her event elsewhere. Our attempts fell on deaf ears.

Below are some examples of the excuses they made up to not move the event.

THE FOLLOWING ARE E-MAIL REPLIES THAT JESSICA AUSTIN – A HILTON LAX BOYCOTT ORGANIZER – RECIEVED FROM AMMA EVENT COORDINATORS.


“Dear Jessica,

I appreciate your personal care and concern for your issues. One thing I have learned from Amma, is, that she knows FAR more than we do. We are not in a position to judge her actions. Perhaps there was some fatal accident due to happen at the hotel, and she knew that her powerful spiritual presence would prevent it and save the lives of thousands of people. We do not know.

I urge you to have faith, and open your heart to more faith. Thank you so much for your concerns, I think it wonderful you care, yet, I urge you not to presume you know better than Amma.

Love,
Ganga”

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[Dear Jessica:]

“I am deeply saddened that you would attempt to politicize Amma’s activities. If you knew even one tenth of the work that She has done on behalf of the needy and disenfranchised, you would have a different outlook on the situation. Not to mention the subtle but very powerful spiritual influence She has on the world.

I do not understand the situation, nor why it is playing out like this. but the point is that it is possible that you don’t either. I know you are very sincere on behalf of these workers, but please take a moment to reflect on the subtle, unseen possibilities of what is going on in the situation. There are lessons to be learned here. Please don’t be too sure that you know what is right, absolutely. This is the source of so much violence and terrorism in the world today.


I send this to you as a brother, not for Amma, but just as a gentle, loving reminder of the mystery inherent in each situation. I am not saying you are right or wrong, it is not about that at all. Just go deeper.

May your brothers and sisters succeed in their efforts for respect and dignity, and a living wage. May we all see the truth that we are one in love in the eyes of the Creator.

Many Blessings.

Your friend,

Eric Nelson”

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“Dear Jessica:

We must all understand that Amma will do what She feels is the best for everyone involved. We have no way of knowing the intricacies of the karma around all of this. I support all those who suffer under unfair laws. Many of us take much less than we are really worth in so many ways on this planet. It has always been the way of man to have suffering. Until we completely surrender to energy that beings such as Amma bring us, and live by their example, then we might as well resign ourselves to suffering.

I am not certain how you obtained my email address. There is karma in that as well. Once again I will state the fact. Amma will do the right thing in this situation for the highest good.

In Amma

om shanti,

ananda devi”

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